VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 100th Rating was into a Westvleteren chalice. Dark, Dark Reddish brown with a huge off white head. Head seem to last for ever with awesome lacing. Notes of dark fruits and light alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, Dark fruits, spices, some citrus, and a hint of caramel. Light carbonation that coats the mouth with a velvet smooth finish. Well worth the wait. Compares to Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12 but I have to give it a point higher because of the anticipation. HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Bottle shared with gputty. Pours a very dark,coppery red with an off-white head. Nose is very complex, with nuts, alcohol, tobacco, yeast. Flavor is doughy, bread, grapes, nuts, raisins, dark fruits - just tons and tons of activity. Definitely does not disappoint and gets better with age. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Bottle, pours dark brown with a very minimal light tan head, quite a bit of sediment regardless of careful pour, although this could not be found while drinking. A more subdued aroma than expected, yet a lot packed in - chocolate, fig, raisin, plum, pear and more dark/dried fruits. A nice touch of that yeasty earthiness, which is good. A bit more carbonated and sweeter than expected yet did not have a negative effect. This beer was good at living up to expectations, but for the time, money and effort to acquire, I’d go with the Rochefort 10 and be every bit as happy. LinusStick (3455) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Acquired via trade with the extremely understanding Maria. What can I say? The king daddy of all beers according to many sources. This beer did not dissapoint. All dark fruit all over...in the aroma and taste. The pour was a nice dark brown wtih big puffy white head. One common theme among the Westies is that alcohol is in the background. Hardly noticeable. This is a masterpiece. pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
From the bottle, poured into a wetvleteren chalice. Finally got the opportunity to try this, and it did not disappoint. Color was chocolate brown, but not murky or cloudy in my opinion. Nice size off-white head. Aroma was sweet with all the malt characteristics one would expect: fig, raisin, chocolate, currant. Extremely well balanced, the finish was smooth and satisfying.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown and a big thanks to Kevster for bringing this puppy along. Never thought I’d have a chance to try it. Pours murky brown with almost no head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, figs, dates and alcohol. The flavor has a big caramel component with some dark fruit notes like figs, dates and plums. Also some roasted malts also show up for a moment with a bit of alcohol in tow. Ends on a nice even keel requiring another sip. Wow, no sense of the ABV. Hamirubi (587) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2007
This must be my favourite trappist-beer. I drink it from time to time, and I just like the sugary taste. This beer is a must try for women. JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours a rich dark brown color with a big fluffy tan colored head. Big malty aroma with complex mix of plums, dates, cherries, raisins and many other flavors. Taste is almost the same.It is hard to naill down any one flavor. Very nice beer but not one of my favorites. BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2007
This beer I now understand completly why it is rated at one of the best beers in the world. a wonderful aroma that pours out of it slite alcohol taste along with a bowl of mixed fruits. Delicious everyone serious about beer shoud try to get there hands on one. Thanks again for the bottle Ford9719. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
I’ve had this beer quite a few times but have finally gotten around to rating it. I believe Kevster provided this one for me. Thank you sir. Pours a cloudy dark maroon with a somewhat lighty dense white head. Big, luscious aromas swirling around the top of the glass. Alot of dark fruits, berries, sweet malts, yeast, and a touch of chocolate round out the big notes coming off of this brew. The taste is just mouthwatering as it hits the tongue. The blend of fruit and light chocolate in this beer is near perfect as it masks the alcohol beautifully. Sweet Belgian candy sugar coat the inside of the mouth in the aftertaste. Finish is smooth and delightful. Just heaven in a bottle. I’ve got one left and I’m saving it. Always a treat drinking this beer.